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SURFING BINGIN BALI

Bingin situated at the bottom of a cliff on a small beach was once a secret spot and uncrowded wave. However due to the quality and consistency of the perfect left-hand barrel that the wave produces, word spread far and wide, and the beautiful surf break is now very rarely uncrowded. You can still find a quiet warung in the cliff face village to enjoy a Bintang with your mates while watching the waves and surfers do their thing.  

Bingin Beach is arguably one of the most beautiful beaches on the Bukit peninsula; secluded, crystal clear water, tight and heavily vegetated cliffs, and perfect waves.  But beware: to access the beach you’ll need to climb down a set of steep stairs that don’t bode well for the unfit or faint of heart.  This can be great for surfers as it tends to keep crowds of tourists not interested in catching waves relatively light.  Bingin has a wide variety of accommodation on offer and surfing Bingin will leave you stoked till your next trip.  

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SURFING CONDITIONS

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What kind of wave is Bingin?

Bingin offers what many surfers travel to Bali looking for, clean, perfect barrels.  A tight take-off opens up to a hollow left on a mid-low tide for about 50 metres.  Bear in mind, the wave is not long and surfers who try to stick it out for an open shoulder tend to leave a lot of skin on a small section of  reef known as “stop signs.”   

Because of the near perfect nature of the wave at Bingin Beach, you’ll most likely run into some crowds in the line-up.  This can be a speckled group of locals, well versed in the contours of the shallow reef below, or expert surfing travellers and expats looking to get shacked.

The vibe isn’t much to worry about but it is a challenge for even the most experienced surfers to get waves in this tight take-off zone. So remember to keep your cool, respect the line-up, don’t throw snowballs, and you might get your chance to drop into the infamous greenroom (and kick out unscathed!)

    • Wave type:

      Reef break

    • Wave difficulty:

      Experienced-Advanced

    • What way does the wave break:

      Left

    • Sea bottom:

      Shallow reef

 

  • Booties:

    Personal preference

  • Surfboard type:

    Rounded pin shortboard

  • Crowd factor:

    Crowded with a tight take-off zone

  • Hazards:

    Exposed shallow reef and surfers in the water trying to surf above their level of ability.

    • Best swell direction:

      SW

    • Best wind direction:

      SE

    • What tide does it work best on:

      Mid tide (high is mushy, low is shallow)

    • Best tide movement for surfing:

      High to low tide

 

  • How consistent is the surf:

    Consistent

  • Best time of year for waves:

    Dry Season; April –  October

  • What is the vibe like in the lineup:

    Lots of hassling

  • What other names does Bingin go by?

    None

How do you get in and out of the surf?

The reef is a short paddle out from the beach.  Be sure to take your time and wait for a good lull in between sets and be sure to keep clear of oncoming surfers. Don’t be that person that spoils someone’s wave by being in the way down the line.  

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

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What is the beach like?

As I mentioned above, Bingin is one of the more beautiful beaches that you’ll find in Bali with stunning views over the Indian Ocean.  The white sandy beach is located at the bottom of a steep set of about 200 steps that will give the legs one hell of a work out (for shorter people the Balinese sure build big steps) and will get the body sweating. Bingin is one of many hidden beaches that offers great waves, gorgeous views, a few shady spots from the sun, shelter from the trade winds, great people watching and plenty of warungs to keep you well fed. It’s a nice spot for swimming and cooling off in the water when the tide is on the higher side with enough water to keep you off the reef.

Where should I stay?

There is a wide array of accommodation styles at Bingin Beach caters to all types of surfers and travellers, there’s a little bit for everyone. The most comfortable and luxurious accommodations are set on top of the cliff with stunning views. While some of the cheapest accommodations are set along the cliff face (with the exception of a few) only a few steps away from the beach and into the surf. Hardcore surfers have been shacking up in these types of budget rooms for years, most without air conditioning just so they can get into the surf at Bingin at any moment and avoid the tiring climb back up a couple hundred stairs!

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Cheapest Price RangeNyoman & Nyoman Bingin Beach

Near the bottom of the cliff close to beach level, Nyoman & Nyoman provides surfers looking to clock up serious water time at Bingin a clean and basic room to rest the weary body after a long day paddling in the surf. A series of balconies also provide a great front row viewing platform to chill, refuel and rest up between surfing sessions. As always remember in Bali you get what you pay for in the cheapest accommodation price range which is more than fine with most surfers.

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Affordable Price Range – Bingin Inn

Bingin Inn offers a modern surf style accommodation only 50 meters from the beach.  With AC on offer and an in-house warung style cafe you’re sure to be comfortable, clean, and well fed.  There are plenty of different style accommodations to choose from ranging from 4 person dorm/hostel style bunk rooms, private double rooms, and standard single rooms.  Considering you’re not in the lap of luxury, Bingin Inn is a great place for surfers, couples, and families looking for a cheap and comfortable place to stay close to the beach in Bingin.  

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Mid Price Range – Mick’s Place

Mick’s place is a great choice of accommodation in Bingin Bali and one that has been around for a long time serving surfers and travellers with a great combination of hospitality and serenity. Rooms range from Honeymoon bungalows for couples (pictured left), treehouse style bungalows for surfers and families, and Ocean/Garden clubhouse bungalows for larger groups.  If you’re looking for even more seclusion and comfort, Mick’s place also offers an Island Bungalow facility with parking for two cars, private pool, and ocean views. Mick’s place gets incredibly high reviews from surfers and travellers alike and has a little bit of whatever you may be looking for if you are after an enjoyable stay.  

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Luxury Price Range – The Temple Lodge

The Temple Lodge is arguably one of the most beautiful places you could choose to stay in Bali.  Walking distance from the beach, Temple Lodge offers private suites and bungalows with secluded open-air rooms, private pools, traditional architecture, and ocean views.  Many of the suites offer multiple bedrooms for families or couples travelling with friends.  Each suite is different and offers its own particular flare from coral caves to driftwood cabins.  The restaurant is cliffside and offers traditional food that will keep your mouth watering.  The Temple Lodge is a great choice of accommodation for anyone looking for a magical and paradise-like stay in style.

Is there food nearby?

The quality of food in the Bingin area improves year after year.  There’s plenty of options to choose from, many which focus on health-conscious cuisine for the surfer looking to fuel up and make the most of catching waves while on a surfing holiday.  

Sunset Beach BBQ – The local warungs at Bingin Beach set up tables in the sand for a sunset fish BBQ bringing together surfers and the likes together for dinner in a beautiful setting and social atmosphere.

The Cashew Tree – Hands down amazing food!  Like many of the food options in Bali, The Cashew Tree is geared towards healthy food that is not only nutritious but delicious.  Be sure to check out the cappuccino art!  There’s a great party scene at The Cashew Tree, so be sure to cruise by in the evening for a nightcap as well.  

Kelly’s Warung – Classic beachfront Warung with great smoothies, coffee, and healthy food. Casual beachfront seating offers a great view of Bingin while you’re waiting for the tide to drain, or fill back in.  

Casa Asia Bingin – Authentic Italian food is tough to come by in Indonesia.  If you’re hungry you won’t be disappointed with massive portions of Pizza, Lasagna, or Tiramisu.  Great place for families looking to feed hungry kids or couples looking for a romantic night out with good food.  

What else is there to do in the area other than surfing?

Bali Training Centre ( Muay Thai, Boxing, Fitness)- Known to host a great party, Bali Training Centre in Bingin is a great way to stay in shape, stay social, and burn off the calories from your last twelve Bintangs.  Adjacent to the Cashew Tree, it’s a great option for your pre or post meal workout.  They also offer accommodations so you might find everything you’re looking for from your fitness regime, food, and a place to crash.  

Yoga at MU BINGIN BALI – Yoga is a great way to cross-train, limber up and get your body realigned for your next session in the surf.  Mu Bingin Bali is a boutique resort that offers accommodation andVinyasa Flow or Hatha style yoga classes (which are perfect for surfers) in an open-air wooden floor area, allowing you to enjoy the ocean breeze during your sequence. It is also a great place for couples or singles looking to be social, Yoga is a great way to get to know some locals or expats in the area.  

The Cashew Tree – Always a big party every Thursday night.  Live music, drinks, dancing, and surfers keen to mingle.  The Cashes Tree and Bali Training Centre host local hangouts so if you’re looking for the local party scene, don’t miss out.  

What else do I need to know?

I might have mentioned it a few times already but don’t forget, there’s a steep set of stairs to access Bingin Beach.  The lower the tide, the more reef is exposed at stop signs so don’t forget to kick out before you wind up high and dry with a new Bali reef tattoo.  

LOCATION

Where is Bingin Beach?

Bingin Beach is located on the western side of the Bukit Peninsula in Southern Bali.  When you first arrive, you will have to walk down some narrow alleyways and if you haven’t been there before, you will question if you are in the right place. But don’t worry, eventually, the alleyways open up to a beautiful ocean view and stairways to lead you down to the hidden beach and Bingin surf spot.

How to get around?

You can get just about anywhere in Bingin by foot but to get to other surf spots a scooter and surfboard racks are essential.  There’s plenty of other world class waves in the nearby area of Uluwatu so be sure to try your luck around the area.  Traveling by car works as well as the roads are quieter in the area however two wheels are better than four.  

Is there parking fees?

Most of Bingin’s access roads are small so it is forbidden to park along the street. There is a large parking area where you will pay a fee of 5,000Rp per scooter at Bingin and from there the alleyway will lead you down to the infamous Bingin stairs.

How to get to Bingin?

Step 1. From the airport head south towards the Bukit peninsula along Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai.  

Step 2. Drive approximately 2.8 km from Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai and then turn right onto Jalan Raya Uluwatu go straight for approximately 20 km, the road will become Jalan Raya Uluwatu Pecatu during this time.

Step 3. After the road makes an exact 90 degrees right angle turn you will take the next right onto Jalan Labuansait.  

Step 4. Drive for nearly 3 km and turn right onto Jalan Pantai Bingin in Pecatu and drive straight for approximately 1.3km until you reach the Bingin carpark.